Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Arkansas Razorbacks recruiting notebook. In this edition, we discuss a pair of recent visitors, a target committing elsewhere and Jeff Long on Twitter.
Pulaski Academy pair have successful visits, but no commitment yet
Pulaski Academy (Little Rock, Ark.) 2018 offensive lineman Luke Jones and 2019 tight end Hudson Henry both came away impressed following a trip to the Hogs’ campus Wednesday. Neither recruit has committed yet, though both have been offered and are believed to have the Razorbacks as serious contenders.
Jones (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) was offered by the Razorbacks on June 18 after participating in the Trench Hogs camp in Fayetteville. The hope, at least from the coaching staff, was the 3-star recruit would commit shortly after. He waited on a commitment announcement in order to further explore his options.
Jones has also shown interest in Arizona State, Iowa State, Missouri and Virginia. He expects to potentially announce a decision within the next month.
Henry (6-5, 230) is a 4-star prospect and the No. 7 tight end in the 2019 class. It would be a shock — and major disappointment — if he doesn’t end up at Arkansas. His father, Mark, was a senior captain for the Razorbacks in 1991. Older brother Hunter starred for the Hogs, winning the Mackey Award as college football’s top tight end in 2015. Hayden, another older brother, is a blueshirt outside linebacker in the 2017 class and is already enrolled.
The family legacy obviously suggests Hudson will be the next Henry to sign with the Razorbacks. His offer list already includes Arkansas, Ole Miss, Penn State and Stanford.
— luke jones (@Luke__jones26) July 19, 2017
Thanks to University of Arkansas, Coach Bielema, and Coach Lunney for having me out in Fayetteville today! It was awesome! pic.twitter.com/NQ1bWD0tHP
— Hudson Henry (@hudsonhenry84) July 19, 2017
OL target Curtis Dunlap pledges to Florida
Arkansas has lost out in its pursuit of 4-star offensive lineman Curtis Dunlap, who committed to Florida on Tuesday. Originally from Jacksonville, Fla., Dunlap attends IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Dunlap (6-4, 368) is the No. 6 offensive guard and No. 206 overall prospect nationally, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He had the Razorbacks in his final five schools along with the Gators, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma.
The Razorbacks have some other highly touted options they’re very interested in as they look to secure at least another two offensive linemen in the class. Here’s a quick list of some recruits to keep an eye on:
- Penei Sewell, 4-star T
- Darrell Simpson, 4-star T
- Jerome Carvin, 3-star T
- Luke Jones, 3-star T
- Princeton Pines, 3-star G
AD Jeff Long: Arkansas does things the ‘right way’ in recruiting
The Morning Rush, a Northwest Arkansas radio show, recently asked Razorbacks fans via Twitter: “How does it make you feel that Arkansas never cheats in recruiting?”
It elicited many responses from fans with mixed opinions overall. But one person who chimed in was particularly of interest — athletic director Jeff Long. Regularly active on the social media site, Long chimed in to say he was “proud” his athletic programs aren’t labeled as violators of NCAA recruiting rules.
“When Hogs win, we do so with honesty and integrity,” Long wrote. “We may not be perfect, but doing things the right way is who we are.”
Makes me feel proud, when Hogs win we do so with honesty & integrity, we may not be perfect but doing things the right way is who we are… https://t.co/bz6OAWhzve
— Jeff Long (@jefflongUA) July 18, 2017
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